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Nobody cares about mayoral races

In November 2012, 130 million people, about 58.2 percent of the voting-eligible population, turned out to vote for President of the United States. A year later, less than half that percentage showed up to elect new mayors in big cities across the country, like New York, Detroit, Seattle and Cincinnati.

And those new mayors will have much more impact on the daily lives of their constituents than either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would have.

Check out these depressing voter registration numbers from Next City, a nonprofit media group that covers city policy:

Bravo to Atlantic City and Boston, where voters turned out at comparatively robust levels to elect new mayors. But come on, San Bernardino, get thee to the polls!

Reid Wilson covers national politics and Congress for The Washington Post. He is the author of Read In, The Post’s morning tip sheet on politics.

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